Monday, October 12, 2015

Upcoming Conferences & Festivals: Bach, Clemens non Papa, Phillipe de Vitry

Clark University, late September through mid-November: Bach to Bach 

Bach’s Art of Fugue in Color
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Razzo Hall

Johann Sebastian’s Bach’s Art of Fugue is one of his last great masterpieces.  As Bach’s final, encyclopedic exploration of the art and science of counterpoint and fugue, it has left a great legacy to the future.  The final fugue was left unfinished at the composer’s death, and has thus posed fascinating riddles ever since.  And the performance of this highly intricate, deeply beautiful score presents a wonderful series of challenges and opportunities to performers and listeners alike.  This performance will embrace and celebrate Bach’s Art of Fugue.
Featuring Frances Conover Fitch with Arcadia Viols and guest instrumentalists 
In addition, Frances Conover Fitch and members of the Arcadia Viols will offer a pre-concert demonstration for students at 4:00 in Razzo Hall.  Interested members of the university community and the public are free to sit in.

An Evening of Bach Sonatas 
Saturday, October 24th at 7:30 p.m. in Razzo Hall
with Peter Sulski on violin/viola, Ariana Falk on violoncello, and Andrus Madsen on keyboard.  The program will include Violin Sonatas by J.S. Bach, a Trio by C.P.E. Bach and a Viola da Gamba Sonata by J.S. Bach.

Bach, alone
Sunday, November 8 at 3:00 P.M. in Razzo Hall
Shay Rudolph will perform three of Bach’s intimate yet intense suites for solo cello.

Bach and others
Friday, November 13 at 7:30 P.M. in Atwood Hall
The Clark University Concert Chorus and Chamber Choir will perform Bach’s Cantata 150 (Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich), one of his first works in the genre, as well as works by other Baroque composers.

Boston University, November 6-7, 2015

Valorizing Clemens non Papa: Towards a Polycentric Model for Renaissance Music

An International Conference and concert by Cappella Pratensis with Joshua Rifkin

Presented by the Center for Early Music Studies (Victor Coelho, director)

This conference, presented in partnership with the Alamire Foundation (Leuven),  will feature leading international scholars presenting on the person and music of Clemens from various musicological, historical, and performance perspectives. The acclaimed Dutch vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis will be in residence throughout the conference, and will present a concert on Friday, November 6 at Marsh Chapel, Boston University, under the direction of Joshua Rifkin. The concert is free and open to the public.

Please visit the conference website to find a complete schedule, presenters, abstracts, and logistical details. The conference has no fee, but do register to attend.

Yale University, November 6-7, 2015

Phillipe De Vitry: An International Symposium

Philippe de Vitry (1291–1361) was a renowned poet, music theorist, composer, diplomat, and bishop. Along with Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300–1377), he is emblematic of the French fourteenth century—a pivotal era in the history of Western music and poetry, and one in which he flourished as an influential public intellectual and early humanist. But while Machaut has been the subject of numerous books and conferences, Vitry’s story has been told piecemeal in shorter studies that focus on one or several aspects of his output and legacy (musical, musico-theoretical, poetic, historical, bibliographic, bibliophilic) at the expense of the others.

This symposium, co-organized by Anna Zayaruznaya (Yale University) and Karen Desmond (McGill University), and hosted by Yale University, will be the first to focus on this important figure, and will feature papers by an international panel of experts (from universities in the U.S., Canada, France, the Netherlands, Germany, the U.K., and Australia) on medieval music, literature, and intellectual and institutional history. The conference will enable detailed investigation of Vitry and the social and political contexts in which he worked. It is anticipated that this event will revitalize discourse in the field around this important figure, generate substantial new research, and provide a secure basis for interdisciplinary engagement with broader issues fundamental to understanding intellectual culture of the fourteenth century.

Keynote Speaker: Andrew Wathey (Northumbria University), “Vitry at Meaux”